Posted by: The Sapia Science Blog | May 31, 2016

Rippowam PTO Updates





The PTO wants you!  Why do we want you?  We think that you should have a voice that should be heard, and that means being part of the Rippowam PTO Executive Board. Some FAQ’s


Is this a huge commitment?


It is as big as you want it to be.  As a board, we meet once a month in the evening.  These meetings include Jason Martin, Michael Rinaldi, and often a teacher from each grade level.  The teachers attend to let us know what is going on each grade.  They discuss calendar events, funding of field trips, parties, etc.  The board discusses teacher grants for their smaller, more specialized projects, plan the general PTO meetings (usually three per year), and come up with fundraising ideas.


I don’t know how to do this.  How will I know what to do?


You can be paired with a board member who has held the position before, join up and take a job with a friend who is also new, or take it on solo.  There is ALWAYS someone on the board willing to help out and answer questions.


What are the positions?                                    


Attached is a list of the positions on the form to fill out if you would like to become a board member.  A description can be provided to you.  Just fill it out and send it back to school.


Do I have to be voted in?


If you want to be here, we want you here!


I am a working parent.  I don’t think I will have time.


Many of us are also working parents.  It can sometimes be a juggling act, but it is very rewarding to put your stamp on what happens at Rippowam.


Please find attached the Executive form.  We hope that you will consider joining the Rippowam Executive Board team.   We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact Kelly Robb if you have any questions. at





Our Diversity Day celebration was a huge success. Click on the link below for some highlights. Thank you to all those who helped make the day so special.

Volunteers Needed For Raptor Dash

The Rippowam PTO, administration, and teachers are excited for the second annual all school RaptorDash FUNdraiser! It will take place on Wednesday, June 1, during the school day (rain date will be Thursday, June 2). In short, RaptorDash is an obstacle style event that will take place in the gymnasium and outdoors on various school fields. The day will be filled with team-based competitions that include complex puzzles, brain teasers and physical challenges.

Click on this link to watch a video of all Raptordash 2015 fun in action!

For the event to be successful, we will need parent volunteers. This will be a great opportunity to help our children, volunteer alongside teachers and administrators, while coming together as a community to cheer on our children. We promise an incredible day of FUN and FUNdraising! If you can volunteer your time, please visit our Rippowam Middle School, PTO volunteer spot link Please hurry, time slots are filling up quickly!

Our school wide goal is to raise $20,000. Funds raised will go towards sponsoring programs that directly benefit our students’ daily experiences (in class resources, after school activities and a culminating 8th grade trip to DC).

The first 300 students to submit $25 or more in donations will get a Raptordash tshirt and a chance to ambush a participating administrator or teacher with silly string! Every additional $25 donated earns another silly string chance. And there are more prizes — see attachment for info., deadlines, and rules.

If you have any questions regarding this event please contact Doris Frattaroli, Judy Klym at, or Christine or the Rippowam main office at 203-977-4410.

Thank you from the Rippowam PTO for your continued support!

 Stamford Middle School Girls Impress at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

  • All girls team from Rippowam and Scofield places 6th in Problem 1 / Division II
  • Stamford team outscores 49 teams from across the US, as well as international teams from Singapore, Switzerland, Indonesia, Canada and India
  • Stamford was represented by more teams than any other school district in Connecticut
  • Teams from Westover, Davenport, Rippowam, Scofield and Stamford High Competed
  • Connecticut had 5 teams place in the top 10 of their Problem / Division

The Stamford Odyssey of the Mind mixed middle school team, representing Rippowam Middle School and Scofield Magnet Middle School took sixth in the world, at the competition in Ames Iowa over the weekend.  Teams from Poland, Japan, Michigan, Arizona and Virginia rounded out the top 6 in the vehicle problem for division II (grades 6-8).  The all-girls Stamford Mixed Middle School team finished 6th out of 60 international teams.  Our Middle School Team was one of only two teams from the state of Connecticut to place in the top 6 and be recognized during closing ceremonies held Saturday night at the Hilton Colosseum at Iowa State University.  It was an incredible experience for all!  Students on the winning team include: Alba Alizoti, Annalise Fabricatore, Meredith Ford, Abby Guttman, Julia Kempton, and Emily Sasser. 

We extend a special thank you to all who supported of our program this year, especially friends and family, KPMG, OdysseyRe, Aon, the Fidelity Foundation, Stamford Youth Foundation and the Stamford Public Education Foundation.

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